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Editorial Cartoon: Feb. 25, 2018

Editorial Cartoon: Feb. 25, 2018

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No matter where life leads us, we will always be Children of Jerome

I was born in Jerome, Arizona on July 24th, 1973, during a time when this historic town nestled above the Verde Valley of central Arizona was home to many talented artists, entrepreneurs and musicians, just as it is today.

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Commentary: County building process inefficient, over-burdened and confrontational

It has been a couple of weeks since I offered my opinion as a follow-up to the letter written by Richard Mills regarding the Yavapai County Developmental Services Department. Again, I commend Mr. Mills for his accurate assessment - and the guts it took to state it.

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Commentary: Landmark performance makes Palo Verde a treasure for all Arizonans

When you think of the most remarkable landmarks that contribute to the beauty of our state, places like the Grand Canyon, Camelback Mountain, Verde Valley, the Red Rocks of Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon are likely on the list.

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Editorial Cartoon: Feb. 21, 2018

Editorial Cartoon: Feb. 21, 2018

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Editorial: Jail tax extension a case of pay me now or pay me later

One of the most effective advertising campaigns in American history employed a common-sense approach to regularly scheduled oil changes for your car.

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Commentary: Dietary concerns as important for your pet as it is for you

Former senior editor, Cliff Weathers of AlterNet reported that there are certain foods that you should never feed your pet. Included on his list are chocolate, avocados, cookies, grapes, raisins, onions, and garlic.

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Editorial Page Cartoon: Feb. 18, 2018

Editorial Page Cartoon: Feb. 18, 2018

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Commentary: Like him or not, Tim Foist was a man who earned community’s respect

During his four years as the Mingus Union school superintendent, Tim Foist at one time or another rubbed just about everyone in town the wrong way.

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Letter: Time for a gun-safe America

1. There must be really good, thorough background checks any time and every time a firearm changes hands. Either as a private sale or through a licensed dealer or gun show vender or even as a gift. Technology is ready for this measure, the general population is ready for this. The only obstruction is the NRA and other groups that hold the political future of cowardly public servants in their fists.

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Letter: Serious study needed on county building policies

Wow, the letter from Bill Bullock really was a bold effort. Much of this information is shared and known in the community. Many are frustrated with the treatment they have received at the hands of the county planning and zoning department. But no one has been brave enough to go public with these concerns. Probably because their very lively hood is at stake.

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Letter: Annexation, consolidation; folks, bigger is not better

Recently there has been robust discussion concerning the consolidation of the school districts. Now, there seems to be some sort of undertow to once again work toward annexing more land into the City of Cottonwood by taking over the Verde Villages.

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Letter: Geri at Papa John’s Pizza a great friend to Mingus students

I would personally like to thank Geri, Papa John’s Pizza owner, for once again making it possible for some very deserving Mingus High School students

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Commentary: Camp Verde School Board would be wise to keep Superintendent Dr. Goodwin

I understand that the Board has begun its search to replace Superintendent Dennis Goodwin.

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Commentary: Rule of law trumps tantrums of Trump

“I think it’s a disgrace, what’s happening in our country,” President Trump declared recently.

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Editorial Cartoon: Feb. 16, 2018

Editorial Cartoon: Feb. 16, 2018

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Editorial: Mingus needs to end revolving door of administrative leadership

There was a local singer-songwriter a few years ago whose lyrical license saw him poke a little fun at the Mingus Union High School superintendent’s office.

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Commentary: Good things happening at Beaver Creek School

Our STEAM Extravaganza is rapidly approaching. It will be held on Feb. 22.

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Editorial Cartoon: Feb. 14, 2018

Editorial Cartoon: Feb. 14, 2018

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Editorial: Annexation civility a good sign, but Verde Village must step up to make it happen

The civility that punctuated last week’s annexation discussions between the Verde Village Property Owners Association and the City of Cottonwood marked a first for the Verde Valley.

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There is no better time than now to begin changing your future

Alfred Nobel’s story is an intriguing reminder that we have the ability to alter the course of our lives no matter what path we have taken.

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Editorial: 70 candles for The Verde Independent

The Verde Independent’s debut issue, at 10-cents a copy, hit the streets in Cottonwood and Camp Verde Feb. 12, 1948.

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Editorial Cartoon: Feb. 9, 2017

Editorial Cartoon: Feb. 9, 2017

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Editorial: Homestead Parkway project another feather in Camp Verde’s economic development hat

The dominoes of economic development continue to fall in the right direction for Camp Verde.

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Editorial Masterful job of public relations by Superintendent Steve King

Shortly after the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board this week agreed to close down Cottonwood Elementary School and later reinvent portions of it as an early childhood development center, a Facebook post characterized C-OC School Superintendent Steve King as “an education genius.”

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